Who: San Gabriel Mountains Forever is a diverse partnership of local business owners, residents, faith and community leaders, recreation groups, health and social service organizations, and conservation groups who have united to preserve the San Gabriel Mountains.
What: A brief presentation of our efforts to protect the San Gabriel Mountains with two federal public lands protections: Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River designations. Also, results from a recent San Gabriel Valley poll which shows widespread support among residents for preserving this spectacular and critical natural resource that provides clean drinking water and air and outstanding recreational opportunities.
When: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 11 a.m. (PDT)
Where: Journalists can call into the teleconference at 1-800-247-5110. The password is: mountain
To view the webinar go to: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/join/283311816
Meeting ID: 283-311-816
Why: The San Gabriel Mountains are the recreational backyard for more than 17 million Southern Californians. This majestic range is the landmark feature of the Angeles National Forest. The forest is an irreplaceable natural resource that provides open space, drinking water, and clean air. It is also a critical habitat for many endangered and sensitive plant and animal species. But staffing and funding cuts threaten the future of these mountains.
1. Daniel Rossman, San Gabriel Mountains Forever. Rossman, the Los Angeles regional associate for The Wilderness Society, is focused solely on protection of the San Gabriel Mountains.
2. Stephen Kinney, Public Opinion Strategies. Kinney conducted a recent poll to survey San Gabriel Valley support for protecting the San Gabriel Mountains and establishing Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River protections.
Format: A moderator will introduce the speakers, who will then speak for approximately five minutes each. After their remarks, the moderator will open the lines for questions from journalists, who can indicate they have a question by pressing a button on their phones.
Sound Recording: Audio should be clear enough for radio recording. An MP3 recording will be available soon after the teleconference, located in the Media Resources/Press Releases section of The Wilderness Society website at www.wilderness.org.
More information about San Gabriel Mountains Forever: http://www.sangabrielmountains.org/